Can CBD lower your blood pressure?
Time and time again CBD has been proven by scientists to have beneficial properties; it’s no surprise that it has been advocated for use in sport and medicine by high profile figures such as Joe Rogan and the array of professional fighters and army vets on his podcast.
Not only does CBD reduce the symptoms associated with insomnia and PTSD such as anxiety and stress but it also has been shown by university scientists to lower blood pressure.
What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure may not seem important because it is largely symptomless (except from A few I will mention shortly), but it is known among medical circles as the ‘silent killer’ because of just how inconspicuous it is.
Blood pressure is directly associated with severe diseases such as Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), which itself is associated with devastating symptoms like angina (chest pain), heart attacks and heart failure.
More than one third of adults in the United States suffer from high blood pressure, meaning that a heck of a lot of people are at risk of these illnesses!
Blood pressure is measured by determining the amount of pressure of the blood within the arteries. Our blood pressure naturally fluctuates throughout the day depending on how much we’ve eaten, our general mood and our level of physical activity.
When our body needs food, our blood pressure decreases. When we’re in the middle of a workout session, our blood pressure increases. Pregnant women tend to experience higher blood pressure because of the changes going on within the body. However, healthy blood pressure always remains within a very narrow range despite these fluctuations.
Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure is a condition that involves an excessive amount of blood pushing against the walls of the body’s blood vessels. To be diagnosed with hypertension, you must maintain a high blood pressure level regardless of the circumstances of your body. Those who have high blood pressure will measure beyond the healthy range even when resting.
However, it is not a losing game if you do struggle with high blood pressure and it is certainly not too late; there are plenty of cheap, natural and well frankly tasty solutions for high blood pressure.
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
chronic headaches can be a sign of high blood pressure, but many people brush this off, attributing it to stress or poor posture.
Nose bleeds are another symptom of high blood pressure.
Additionally, some will experience shortness of breath as well as frequent dizziness.
How can CBD lower your blood pressure?
Studies have shown that CBD oil and CBD products can help reduce blood pressure.
In an experiment 10 healthy men were given 600 mg of CBD oil and found it reduced resting blood pressure, compared to a placebo (fake substance)
Scientists found out that the stress and anxiety-reducing properties of CBD were responsible for its ability to help lower blood pressure.
The calmness from CBD creates relaxation. And in a state of relaxation, where the nervous system is operating in its normal state or most relaxed state, your blood pressure responds accordingly and decreases in time with your heart rate.
In short, when you are stressed, your sympathetic nervous system kicks in (that classic fight or flight response starts) and blood pressure increases, pumping more blood around your body to get more energy to your panicking body.
It’s like when you have just been scared by your sibling who has jumped out from round a corner. At first, your heart rate goes up. When it’s over, when you are relaxed you become relaxed and your heart rate goes down. Anxiety is like being in a constant state of scared and CBD creates the feeling of getting past the jump scare.
Anxiety and PTSD are associated with a constant state of stress, therefore, in the long run there is a huge risk of something drastic happening to your cardiovascular system as it becomes almost ‘over-worked’ in a way.
In the long term, since CBD avoids this state of stress and gets your heart into a more stable state, this is likely to create a more sustainable harmonious cardiovascular system.
Supporting this, in another study CBD reduced oxidative stress and prevented heart damage in diabetic mice with heart disease.
Other beneficial effects of CBD
CBD is used by many people as a natural, gentle sleep aid. Since poor sleep can contribute to high blood pressure, CBD may be able to help you maintain healthy blood pressure levels by allowing you to get the proper amount of shuteye each night.
High stress can contribute to high blood pressure, and CBD has been found to have the potential to reduce stress and anxiety by regulating the amount of cortisol that is produced in the brain.
Although there is always more studies to be done to quantitatively support the current findings, there is plenty of qualitative data and analogy suggesting that CBD really is an effective way to reduce stress and blood pressure associated with this.